Had a fun day at the movies and saw Guardians of the Galaxy and Into the Storm.
Guardians was pretty fantastic, but everyone knows that at this point. Pratt was perfect in his role, Draxx stole the show, every character was pretty brilliant, lots of great aerial battles (my favorite type of action scene) and just a solid tone throughout. My only concern at this point is that by the time this whole Infinity Stones/Thanos plot finally plays out, people will be a bit burnt out on it.
Into the Storm took me by surprise.
I saw it because I love disaster movies, but an average disaster movie was all I was expecting. I just wanted to see some shit get wrecked. But the movie does some things that are actually pretty brilliant. While the plot is filled with a generic disaster movie cast of characters, most of those characters are actually real and pleasantly varied. For instance, the smart scientist character isn't constantly telling the other characters "I tried to warn you about this!" (I also really like that the only environmental message is a lost detail blended into a single line of dialogue)
The movie itself was a mix of "found footage" type shots and classic disaster movie cinematography. When they were going for spectacle, the movie went for the classic look, and when the scene needed something more emotional, it was the perspective stuff. And boy was this movie surprisingly emotional. The minor characters and extras actually reacted to disaster like you'd expect them to react and it made some of the more intimate scenes extremely horrifying. There was a scene early on in the movie where a tornado passes over a high school and tears the roof off, and it was surprisingly chilling to watch.
If you like disaster movies as much as I do, I have to say don't pass this one up.